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Old 05-21-2008, 11:47 AM   #1
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No wifi connection though Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG seems to be working

Router 2Wire 2701HG-T
Dual boot Toshiba Tecra M2, XP/OpenSUSE 10.3
Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Mobile
Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200
Both wired and wireless connections work in XP. In Linux the wired connection works automatically. However I cannot get the wifi connection to work. Yast detects and configures Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200 apparently correctly. In KNetworkManager the wireless networks within range are reported with SSID, secure or open, and signal strength (including my wireless network). That makes me think that the card is working properly.
When I ask to connect to my network by picking my SSID the configuration menu opens.
SSID is already set and for encryption I have three choices:
WEP Passphase
key for 40/104-bit hex
key for 40/104-bit ASCII
There is also a checkbox for Show credentials.
I have tried to use the 10 digit Network Key used below, which is the only key I have (it is on a label on the router). I tried it both as Passphrase and as key for 40/104-bit ASCII. The first option permits to try to connect but without success of course. The second option doesn't work because the entry for key for 40/104-bit ASCII expects 13 characters to activate the Connect buttom. The information for the router says that 64-bit encryption is used and from what I read on the Internet that is actually the same as 40-bit encryption and should use a 10 digit key. Can my 10 digit key be padded to 13? Or can the required key be generated from the one I have? Or is the card not properly configured after all? Or does KNetworkManager have a bug?

I would appreciate any help.

In XP (and Windows Mobile 5.0 on a Dell Axim 51v) I set SSID, Open, WEP, and a 10 digit Network Key, Authentisation not set. The settings are saved for future use and the network is automatically connected each time I am within range as my network is set as the preferred network.
Old 05-22-2008, 01:34 PM   #2
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My 10 digit WEP key use the digits 0 to 9 but is really a 10 digit hexadecimal key corresponding to 40/64-bit WEP. It was the only option I didn't try as it looked like pure ASCII. But using it in the second option in the encryption dialog fixed my problem and everything works fine.
Conclusion: OpenSUSE 10.3 correctly detects and configures both wired and wireless connections on my system. No special tricks were necessary.


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